Friday, August 28, 2009

A Fun Outing











Oh my goodness....this morning I got to have a deeeeeelicious breakfast with my dad and sister at Michael D's Eatery in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The coffee just kept coming (yeah, baby!) and the company and food was exceptional. Afterward, Dad was sweet and drove us to the ritzy 'downtown' area to visit the MaryJane's Farmgirl store across from the lake. We had a lovely stroll past the lake to the shop and you couldn't ask for prettier weather. Once there in the shop--whoa, baby....I was in farmgirl heaven!




Today was the 1-year anniversary of the beautiful little store and they were having a draw-your-discount special. I got 40% off, woohoo! So I came home with a packet of Budget Mix, some Chillover Powder, 2 postcards, a darling greeting card with teensy knitting on it, a tiny chocolate bar (only 8 gr. of sugar!) a box of the cutest vintage style hankies and MaryJane's first book the 'Ideabook, Cookbook, Lifebook'. Outside the shop is the darling little teardrop trailer they sell. If you have a spare 14K, my sister would realllllly love to buy that trailer with it. (That's the price I heard her mention, anyway.) Not being a camping girl myself I can value how cute the little thing is but never imagine myself actually outside with it.




Tonight (right now!) they are having a celebration at the store and hopefully are having a fun time. I'm so thankful to have gotten to visit the pretty little store and hope to be able to get back there to see it decorated for Christmas in a few months.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Mid-August already!







Wow, it seems summer has just flown by this year. We had a few cool days last weekend and it already felt like autumn was on the way. Now we are back to more seasonal temps so the eventuality of fall (and winter!) will be easier to forget for awhile. I've been on a 'staycation' since last Thursday and it has been so nice. Was supposed to go to the OH conference in Seattle but we ended up having to have our electrical service panel for the house replaced...$$$. Hours have been cut recently at work so it just made sense to cancel the trip.






It has been fun playing farmgirl-at-home and taking care of some of the harvest from the garden as well as good produce sales here in town. This summer I've made lots and lots of sugar-free (and a few batches of regular) freezer jam, frozen veggies and dehydrated all kinds of things. The pantry is filling up and it feels nice to have a few extras on hand.






I'll post a picture of the last bento I made for work (0% Fage yogurt, blueberries, a few slices of chicken cordon bleu, marinated cumbers and caulitators.)...no more 8-hour days so my bentos are only breakfast and that is usually the same old thing. Not worth photographing often. Am showing an updated photo of the garden too to show the hubbard squash plants that have to be repeatedly hacked back so they don't take over the entire yard. Here's the post with the garden 'before' shot: http://geminisdream.blogspot.com/2009/05/bento-37_22.html And also a photo of the newest apron I finished, this one just for me for doing chores. (it is the red one, the green one underneath is still a WIP.)






Tomorrow, back to work again and happy to have made some progress here at home.